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Baroness Benjamin (Liberal Democrat)

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord Sassoon on 23 January (Official Report, col. 796), whether they will consider nominating Hamilton, Bermuda, an associate member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as the capital in respect of all member states of CARICOM, for the purpose of calculating air passenger duty.

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made plans to provide increased economic support to the Caribbean, in the event that the forthcoming increase in air passenger duty results in a fall in tourism and revenue to the region.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what revenue they received from air passenger duty in respect of passengers to the Caribbean region in each of the last five years; and what were the visitor numbers from the United Kingdom in each of those years.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much is paid currently, and how much will be paid from 1 April 2012, by each passenger in air passenger duty, per 1,000 miles flown, in respect of flights to (a) Bridgetown, Barbados, and (b) Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Lord Sassoon (Conservative)

The Government set out their policy on tax bandings in their response to the consultation on reform of air passenger duty on 6 December 2011. Tables confirming the rates that will apply from 1 April 2012 were published alongside the Autumn Statement.

The Government do not hold information on air passenger duty revenues by destination.

The Government provide development assistance to the Caribbean region through the Department for International Development's (DfID) operational plan 2011-15. Through the plan, DfID expects to create 10,000 new jobs, 50 per cent of these for women, and enable 228,000 people in coastal communities, including small farmers, to cope better with the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

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